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Overwhelmed. Humbled.  Two words ricocheting around the world of wine writer Philip White. Even those Whitey has glared at with gimlet eye and wounded by the rat-a-tat of his keyboard have come forward with offers of assistance, including cash. 
Then there are mates like award-winning photographer Milton Wordley, who has been a lightning rod for the volunteer squad meeting Whitey’s (almost!) every need as he undergoes punishing cancer treatment. 
Milton causes goodwill to pour in from all angles. And so came to pass last week Milt's blog, People of Wine: 10 Questions, broadcasting news about the Langtons Fine Wines online wine auction for Whitey’s medical and other expenses.
More Samaritans got struck by blog lightning. One of them is Sandie Coff, daughter of Penfold’s legend Max Schubert (pictured above).  Result: A donated bottle of 1976 Grange signed by Max, who was a great mate and mentor to Whitey.
There's still time to bid in the auction, which contains many rare wines, until it closes at 8pm on Tuesday, February 5. Check them out by clicking on Philip White Fundraiser auction. To make a cash donation, contact Milton directly.
To read Chapter Two of The Whitey Chronicles - Robbie Brechin's biography of wine writer Philip White to be published later this year by Wakefield Press - click here or visit Robbie's blog at www.robbiebrechin.com.

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For those who are of a certain age (that is, older than me), you may have wondered whatever happened to Thor Fingers, the drug-addled, burnt-out Viking lead guitarist/columnist from The Advertiser in the early to mid '80s.

Well, the good news is he's back from rehab, courtesy of Robbie Brechin who has just published a blog at www.robbiebrechin.

Robbie's first subject is iconoclastic wine writer Philip White, about whom he is writing a biography. Click here to read Robbie's post on Whitey, with an introduction by Milton Wordley.